Definition and Meanings for liberal

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Liberal is ranked 4,620 in the ranking of most used words in English

Part of Speech of liberal

adjective, noun

Etymology of liberal

f. lib, l. liberalis, from liber free; perh. akin to libet, lubet, it pleases, e. lief. cf. deliver

Meaning of liberal


as adjective

  • free by birth; hence, befitting a freeman or gentleman; refined; noble; independent; free; not servile or mean; as, a liberal ancestry; a liberal spirit; liberal arts or studies.
  • bestowing in a large and noble way, as a freeman; generous; bounteous; open-handed; as, a liberal giver.
  • bestowed in a large way; hence, more than sufficient; abundant; bountiful; ample; profuse; as, a liberal gift; a liberal discharge of matter or of water.
  • not strict or rigorous; not confined or restricted to the literal sense; free; as, a liberal translation of a classic, or a liberal construction of law or of language.
  • not narrow or contracted in mind; not selfish; enlarged in spirit; catholic.
  • free to excess; regardless of law or moral restraint; licentious.
  • not bound by orthodox tenets or established forms in political or religious philosophy; independent in opinion; not conservative; friendly to great freedom in the constitution or administration of government; having tendency toward democratic or republican, as distinguished from monarchical or aristocratic, forms; as, liberal thinkers; liberal christians; the liberal party.

as noun

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